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October 5, 2010

Shorties (Antony and the Johnsons, Jonathan Franzen, and more)

NPR is streaming the new Antony and the Johnsons album, Swanlights (out October 12th).


Jonathan Franzen talks books and music with the Irish Times.

After one of his characteristic long pauses, he says that two songs have made him cry in recent years.

One is The Byrds' version of the traditional ballad John Riley : "a particularly haunting, beautiful version of a tear-jerker of a song."

The other – "I guess I look for songs that bring tears to my eyes" – is the Sufjan Stevens song Casimir Pulaski Day . "It's a recollection of a friend who died of bone cancer as a teenager. The key moment is that after the friend dies in a hospital room, there’s this line 'the cardinal hits the window'. The cardinal is the beautiful Mid-Western red bird. Oh, God. That’s a killer line. It’s just so good."


Shelf Awareness profiles author Benjamin Percy.


The Boston Globe interviews producer Jim Sampas about curating the indie rock covers album Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home.


The Los Angeles Times ponders Cormac McCarthy's chances of winning the Nobel Prize for literature.


The Hook interviews Elf Power frontman Andrew Rieger.


Japan Realtime examines Haruki Murakami's chances for winning the Nobel Prize for literature.


The Oklahoma Daily interviews Local Natives' Kelcey Ayer about music blogs.


Michael Chabon talks to the San Mateo Journal about writing The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.


Comic Book Resources kicks off its Ladies Comics Project by having female non-comics readers review comics & graphic novels.


MakeUseOf.com's Sound Sunday feature lists 10 free and legal album downloads every week across a variety of musical genres.


At Oprah, author Kazuo Ishiguro lists his favorite books.


World of Female lists the top 10 film soundtracks that don't suck.


Flavorwire profiles 10 of Granta's best young Spanish-language authors.


The October issue of Bookslut is online, and contains interviews with Sigrid Nunez, Julia Glass, Skip Horack, and much more literary goodness.


The Chamber Four Fiction Anthology is a freely downloadable book (in various e-book formats) containing 25 of the best short stories published on the web in 2009 and 2010.


EELS visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.


NPR reviews (and excerpts from) Philip Roth's new novel, Nemesis.


At Drowned in Sound, British Sea Power list their favorite UK castles.


At NPR, Ron Currie Jr. lists three books to help you enjoy the apocalypse.


Win my 30GB generation 5.5 iPod in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.


Follow me on Twitter and Stumbleupon for links (updated throughout the day) that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.


also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists


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